Hard Numbers: Half a million EU citizens in limbo in post-Brexit Britain

7: Days after a new prime minister-designate took office in Iraq, seven protesters were killed at an anti-government sit-in in the city of Najaf. Supporters of Moqtada al-Sadr, the powerful cleric with a cult-like following who backs the new PM, threw Molotov cocktails and stabbed demonstrators.

138: At least 138 people deported by the US back to El Salvador in recent years were killed after arriving there, according to Human Rights Watch. The grim tally comes as the Trump administration seeks to tighten restrictions on Central American asylum-seekers.

500,000: Some half a million EU citizens in Britain are yet to apply for "settled status," which would allow them to stay in the country after Brexit is complete. The British government has touted this as a fair scheme, but critics say EU citizens in Britain face losing benefits such as healthcare.

3,000: Several schools in northern Mozambique did not open for the new academic year because of the surge of jihadist terror attacks. The closure affects some 3,000 pupils in Cabo Delgado, the gas rich province that's become a hotbed of Islamist violence.

Eni's luminescent solar concentrators can help smart windows and next-generation buildings generate electricity. But even Eni hadn't imagined using this technology to create eyeglasses capable of charging mobile phones and headsets.

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We've written recently about how the COVID-19 pandemic will hit poorer countries particularly hard. But the burden of the virus' spread also falls more heavily on working class people even in wealthy countries, particularly in Europe and the United States. This is exacerbating the divide between rich and poor that had already upended the political establishment in countries around the world even before anyone had heard of a "novel coronavirus."


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Meet Mark Wetton, a Kentucky-based businessman who owns a dust-collection factory in Wuhan. He has been there since the beginning of the outbreak, and describes the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak there, life in lockdown, and what things are like today as the city finally begins to reopen its borders and come back to life. He also shares some lessons learned that he hopes Americans will heed.

The coronavirus is likely to hit poorer countries particularly hard, but it is also laying a bigger burden on working class people even in wealthy ones. As less affluent people suffer disproportionately not only from the disease, but also from the economic costs of containing it, we can expect a worsening of income inequalities that have already upended global politics over the past few years. Here is a look at inequality in some of the countries hardest hit by COVID-19 so far.

500 million: The economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic could plunge 500 million people into poverty, according to a new report released by Oxfam. As incomes and economies continue to contract, global poverty will increase for the first time in 30 years, the report predicts, undermining many of the gains of globalization that have pulled millions out of poverty in recent years.

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